Imagine plaid seats in a European car with a liftgate and you might start spelling out the letters V-O-L in your mind. It is a signature trait on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, after all. But there’s another model from another automaker that’s bringing the option to America.
When Volvo revealed the new V60 wagon, it showcased it with a plaid upholstery option. The assumption was that the option wouldn’t make it to America. But as AutoGuide points out that, the option has now been added to the US configurator. Called “Blond City Weave Textile Upholstery,” it adds a modern plaid pattern to the seats and door panels, complemented by beige leather trim. Looks pretty stylish to us. What do you think?
Plaid for the People
Not your cup of tea? That’s alright, because it’s not the only option. Customers can alternatively opt for black, tan, medium brown, or dark brown leather. (The outgoing V60 is still on offer, but can only be had with black or beige leather.) What’s more is that the tartan trim can only be had on the Momentum model. The luxed-up Inscription trim comes only with leather, though the choices broaden here to include perforated Nappa leather as well.
What’s surprising (to us at least) is that the lower-level XC40 – the first model in the new entry-level series – can’t be had with the plaid option. Only leather. But the red hide looks rather tantalizing to our eyes. Nor can you get the tartan upholstery on the XC60, which is positioned alongside the V60 in Volvo’s latest mid-level lineup.
Both the Momentum and Inscription versions of the new V60 come, for the time being, only in T6 AWD trim. The 2.0-liter turbo four generates 306 horsepower (228 kW) and 300 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. That’s in the US. Overseas, buyers can also choose from the lower-level T5 model, with the same engine producing 247 hp (184 kW) and 260 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque, or from a pair of diesels. Expect either or both of the T6 and T8 “Twin-Engine” AWD hybrids to follow, with electrically assisted versions of that same engine kicking out a combined 250 hp (186 kW) and 260 lb-ft (350 Nm) or 299 hp (223 kW) and 300 lb-ft (400 Nm).